Numbers surge for science courses
LATEST statistics from the CAO have shown a large increase since February in applications for science courses.
While the initial CAO deadline is February, students are allowed to change their mind on course choices before July 1.
According to the figures, 8,013 applicants have put a level 8 (honours) science degree down as their first choice, a jump from 6,876 in February.
The total is also up on the July 2010 figure of 7,542, when it amounted to 9.7pc of first preferences. This year, science accounts for 10.6pc of first preference applications.
This means the message from the Government and employers that science degrees hold the key to the next generation of jobs is sinking in.
The overall number of applicants for college places is 75,874, down on last year's record of 77,480.
More than one in two -- 40,362 -- CAO applicants, at both level 8, and the ordinary degree/higher certificate level 7/6, have registered a change of mind.